Dainese 3X Knee and Elbow Guards Review

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Dainese 3X Armor

Dainese is an Italian company, and is a well known brand in the world of motorcycle road racing (I wear a Dainese Zen motorcycle jacket on my daily commute to work). They have been around for over 35 years, and have always been known for their excellent quality (albeit at a price). Most of their mountain biking products are oriented towards the gravity racing set and their most popular product for DH racers is their Safety Jacket.

I got the chance to test out the latest Dainese 3X Elbow Guards and 3X Knee Guards recently, and they performed superbly. I REALLY did test them out! I went down in a rock garden section, and the armor held up nicely. The pads did not slip or move one bit, and are no worse for wear, and most importantly, neither was I (see picture).

armor scratches

The fit (the knee and elbow guards only come in LG or MD, no SM) is good, although since I am a bit…short of femur…the medium size knee guards were a bit long, but nothing that felt uncomfortable. The cinching mechanism is a set of velcro straps (two straps on the calf and one above the knee, for leg armor….two straps on the forearm and one above the elbow, for the elbow guards). These were very easy to get on and off without having to remove your shoes or gloves.

For the Norcal summer weather, these pads were not overly hot, although I did not wear them well climbing, and only put them on during the DH portions of my trails.

I would strongly recommend this set of armor. While they are not the cheapest armor out there….protective body armor is not really something you want to cheap out on. The cost of the 3X Elbow Guards is $55.00 and the cost of the 3X Knee Guards is $79.00

I give them 5 flamin’ chili peppers overall:

And 4 flamin’ chili peppers for value:

Dainese Website:
http://www.dainese.com/

Shope the Dainese D-Store (motorcycle, ski&snowboard, mountain bike, watersports) :
https://www.dainese.com/store/usa/index.asp

From the manufacturer:

Dainese 3X Elbow Guards

Description:
- Articulated 3-plates elbow protector

Materials:
- Hard plate material:
Polypropylene
- Soft padding material:
Perforated polyethylene

SHOCK
- Composite protectors
- Soft paddings
- Homologation CE EN 1621.1

MICROCLIMA
- ultra-ventilated soft padding

ERGONOMIA
- Closing/Adjusting system: 3 adjustable straps

Dainese 3X Knee Guards

Description:
Composite ventilated protection divided into three parts for the knees, and upper shins in polypropylene and soft polyester padding inside. Adjustment strap fastening system. CE EN 1621/1 homologation.

Materials:
- Hard plate material:
Polypropylene
- Soft padding material:
Perforated polyethylene

SHOCK
- Composite protectors
- Soft paddings
- Homologation CE EN 1621.1

MICROCLIMA
- Ultra-ventilated soft padding

ERGONOMIA
- Closing/Adjusting system: 3 adjustable straps

Rumpfy airs it out Gregg bridge gregg w/ armor

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 14 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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  • justin says:

    Hey Gregg-
    Thanks for the write-up. I have a question as to fit with these – in the first pictures, it appears that the rider has the guards strapped so that there are two straps on his biceps. In the second picture, well, it isn’t quite big enough to see. In the third, they are definitely 1 bicep, 2 forearm.

    Can I see bigger pics, or could you clarify on the positioning of the straps in the first two (or expand upon your write-up?).
    Thanks!

  • Gregg says:

    Hey Justin, good question.

    The straps go one on bicep, two on forearm. The middle strap goes slightly below the bend of your elbow.
    Rider #1 (Rumpfy) has longer arms than me (rider #2), so it kinda looks like the middle strap is on his bicep, but it’s not.

    I’ll try and take a better pic and add it to this article, thanks for the suggestion.

  • Justin says:

    Greg -
    Thanks for the response. Given that the product is apparently no longer being made, I wouldn’t worry about getting up more detail shots for an article that you did almost a year ago!
    I actually bought some of these, sight unseen, based on the Dainese reputation and this write-up. Rocked them for their initial ride this past Tuesday and they were very comfortable, minimal slippage and offer the protection I deem necessary!
    Thanks again.
    Justin

  • gregg says:

    Wow, no longer being made, really? That’s news to me. I hope they replace it with something just as good…these really are excellent pads.

    -g

  • Sam says:

    The 3X elbow and knee guards are still listed as 2009 items in the Dainese catalog.

    Anyone have a clue as to how to determine sizing? That seems to be a glaring omission on their website.

  • Gregg says:

    @Justin, I talked to the Dainese rep at Sea Otter the other weekend and he assured me that the 3X are NOT being discontinued. They are still a current product.

    @Sam, I don’t have exact measurements on me, but how tall are you?

  • Sam says:

    Hi Gregg.

    I am 5′ 8″. Arms are the thin side, if that makes a difference. Couldn’t find any size information on the Dainese website or any of the retailer. Any sizing information, if more for full body armor, jackets, leather pants, etc.

    All the best,
    Sam

  • Gregg says:

    @Sam…hmmm…you might fall right in between a MD and LG. Hard to say for sure, but I would maybe try the mediums.

    For any apparel type product that goes on your body (jacket, helmet, gloves, shoes) there is NO replacement for trying them on in person.

    Another good reason to support your LBS.

  • Sam says:

    >>Another good reason to support your LBS.
    If I could, I would…. the same rule applies to high end kites.

    Dainese could have made things much easier with a product pamphlet that had a line drawing of the pads and how they should sit (i.e. where the straps would lay) If that were included with a chart of the adjustment range of all six straps (three for knee/shin & three for elbow), it would make things infinitely easier for those that are forced to mail order due to geographic constraints. The alternative is getting double-tapped for shipping to process an exchange. :o/

    Thanks for the assist.

    All the best,
    Sam

  • chris says:

    had these pads for over a year now (knee/shin & elbows) i’m 6’2\, 230lbs. got the large of each…still seem a bit short on me. knee/shin pads leave about 4 1/2\ of uncovered space above my shoe…AND I WEAR HIGHTOPS. have to wear a paded strap to cover this section. elbow/forearm pads stop about 3 1/2 inches above the wrist. ok pads…just wish they fit better

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